I ran into a few questions about settings migration on forums and elsewhere, so I thought a blog post might help. Here are two key considerations to keep in mind:
Sync Settings synchronizes settings between installations of the same major version of Photoshop. For example, settings are synchronized between a Photoshop CC 14.1 installation and a Photoshop CC version 14.2 installation.
Sync Settings does not synchronize settings across installations of different Photoshop major versions. For example, Photoshop CC version 14.1 settings are not synchronized with an installation of the 2014 release of Photoshop CC (technically, version 15.0).
If you want to migrate presets/settings from one major version of Photoshop to another, you can do so in one of the following two ways:
When you first launch the newer version of Photoshop, you are prompted to migrate the presets/settings. Choose Yes.
At any point in time, select Edit > Presets > Migrate Presets to migrate settings.
Also note that the main preference file is not migrated as part of presets migration.
The Photoshop Generator feature offers great flexibility in the ways you can rename layers/layer groups to specify size and quality parameters. Stepping beyond the recommendations in the Help article, this blog post looks at some valid variations that you can use while tagging layer/layer group names.
Before we begin, let’s look at the conventions followed in this blog post:
The filename portion of a layer/layer group name can include space characters. For example: 250% Foo Bar Baz.gif Result: Generates a single file named Foo Bar Baz.gif scaled by 250%
While specifying absolute sizes, you can omit the space character between the height and the width. For example: 100×80 foo.png Result: Generates a 100 px x 80 px-sized PNG file named foo.png
Do add a space character between the size parameter (prefix) and the layer name. For example: 100×100 foo.png
You can omit the space character following the separator (, or +). For example, any of the following layer names generates two files—foo 1.png and foo 2.jpg—from the tagged layer: foo 1.png,foo 2.jpg foo 1.png, foo 2.jpg foo 1.png+foo 2.jpg foo 1.png + foo 2.jpg
Do not add a space character between an absolute size dimension and its unit. For example, the following layer names are invalid: 80 x 100 px imagename.png 4 in x100 imagename.png 90 mm x120 cm imagename.png
Do not add a space character between the layer name and the suffix. For example, the following layer/layer group name is invalid: 100×100 imagename.png 5%
While specifying the size parameter, it’s OK to mix and match the supported units—px, cm, mm, and in.
If no unit is specified for a dimension, Photoshop assumes it to be px.
80 x 100px foo.png
4in x100 foo.png
90mm x120cm foo.png
While specifying absolute sizes, you can use the ? wildcard in place of a dimension.
Hyphenated quality parameters
You can add a hyphen before the quality parameter (suffix) to make your layer/layer group names more readable.
Some other Don’t’s
Don’t use unsupported units.
Don’t mix absolute and relative sizes. For example, the following layer name is not valid: 50% 80×100 foo.png
Don’t specify out-of-bounds values. For example: foo.jpg-101% foo.png-42 0% foo.png
That’s all for now! Hope you have fun using Generator and other exciting enhancements in the September 2013 release of Photoshop. In case you haven’t already reviewed the What’s New, here’s the link.
You can now upload your creative images as work-in-progress to Behance directly from within Photoshop. Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Using Behance, you can create a portfolio of your work and broadcast it widely and efficiently to get feedback.
If you’ve played around with the camera shake reduction feature in Photoshop CC, you might have noticed it works best with decently lit still camera images having low noise. The following types of still images are particularly suitable for shake reduction:
Indoor or outdoor images captured using a lens with a long focal length
Indoor images of a static scene taken with a slow shutter speed and no flash
In addition, shake reduction can help sharpen blurred text in images affected by camera motion.
If I had to put my finger on the Photoshop CC feature that comes closest to “magic”, I’d pick Camera Shake Reduction. For most users, it is the powerful tool that deblurs pictures that got ruined in a sudden shake of the camera. For some, it breathes life right back into memorable moments that can never be captured again. Magic.